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Upon Several Occasions

Mady Barnard is a thirty-three year old unmarried woman, who still lives with her mother…

However, it cannot go unnoticed that “Bad luck’s been on her even since she was born” .

Ever since then, her difficulties, combined with her unfriendly temperament, have become a favourite topic of conversation in the local community…

The Women’s League, in particular, can’t stop discussing Mady’s life, with their enthusiastic gossiping over regular cups of tea making it all too-clear that traditional village life is full of secrets and rumours.

But then a trip to Bristow results in an unlikely relationship forming between Mady and a local Welshman and no one is quite sure what the future has in store for them…

And soon flooding and forest fires disrupt family harmony and despite everything, the idea of community has never felt so strong, or as necessary.

Empathy and grievance are combined as each family tells of their distressing events and before long, marriage, birth and death connect them together.

Upon Several Occasions is an emotional literary tale, full of lively characters and creates a portrait of a community bound together.

Praise for Elizabeth Berridge

‘Berridge displays an unerring ability to delicately distilling character into a single sentence… Elegance and economy’ – New Statesman

‘Her wry, sly, iconic awareness has never been shown to greater advantage’ – Spectator

 The Odyssey Press is a literary imprint of Endeavour Press – the UK’s leading independent digital publisher. We publish new and classic literary fiction, literary biographies and works with literary tropes and themes.

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